Sat in the Oxenhope buffet tucking into your pie and peas, we think it unlikely that you will ponder over this delicacy and wonder how the pie arrived on the Railway. If you were to guess, we would imagine that your thoughts would turn to a wholesale supplier sending them by carrier in cardboard boxes. You couldn’t be further from the truth. To steam and diesel engines add the good old faithful horse and cart and substitute a wholesaler with C. & L. Herd, butchers, of Queens Road, Keighley.
Christine Laycock, Oxenhope Buffet Manager, with a selection of the pies that C. & L. Herd produce
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is very proud of our sourcing as many supplies from the local area as possible and in this case it could not be more local, Chris Herd has his own farm in Oxenhope where most of his meats are sourced.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has been buying pies, pasties and meat supplies from C. & L. Herd for a number of years, but recently some deliveries have started to arrive by horse and cart much to the delight of passengers, passers-by and staff.
This helps to turn back the clock for the railway, which is, of course, reproducing a past era to the days when all goods were delivered to and from stations by the trusty horse and cart.
Christine Laycock (pictured above), manager of the station buffet, said, “It is fantastic that Chris Herd is now able to deliver by horse and cart. His pies, pasties and sandwiches go down really well with our customers and staff and are very popular. We sell lots and lots of pies and his fresh scones are brilliant. Now that the buffet is open from Wednesday to Sunday, even when the trains are not running, we get lots of visitors from the village as well, as we are the only café in Oxenhope.”
So next time you are in the area, make Oxenhope Buffet, your first stop for morning coffee, a light lunch or an afternoon break. The Buffet is open every weekend and each weekday when trains are running and Wednesday – Friday when they are not.
Is David Petyt, Director – Customer Operations, having a word with the horse to leave something behind for the Railway’s award winning gardens? Next year’s blooms may give us the answer.